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Libraries, and archives and museums, are social organizations, entangled in multiple histories, politics and value systems.

Calgary Central Library: combining intimacy and civic statement

Calgary Central Library: combining intimacy and civic statement

The Calgary central library was on first impression the finest public building I have been in for years.

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Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting

Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting

We are now used to memory institutions as a way of collectively referring to libraries, archives and museums.

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University Futures are shaping Library Futures

University Futures are shaping Library Futures

Libraries are not ends in themselves, but serve the interests of the organizations of which they are a part. As university emphasis varies around research, education and career poles, we can expect to see libraries evolve to support those emphases more strongly.

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Three challenges: Engaging, rightscaling and innovating

Three challenges: Engaging, rightscaling and innovating

A framework of engagement, innovation and rightscaling is used to talk about some of the ways in which the library is changing. This is based on a model developed by John Hagel and John Seely Brown.

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Defining the library ... reflexively

Defining the library ... reflexively

Library definitions often emphasize access to or management of information. However, the library has a much stronger generative role in the cycle of knowledge creation.

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The enterprising librarian ...

The entrepreneur I participated in an interesting event at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC a while ago. It was a symposium to consider the ‘information professional’ of 2050. Yes, that is 2050 🙂 There was a mix of people. Some in LIS education; some in

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Collections are library assets

Collections are library assets

Business school writing I quite like using the word ‘assets’ with reference to library collections. We tend to think of assets in positive terms, as things that are valuable. More of that later. I was interested to see Rick Anderson remark on the vocabulary used by my colleague

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Gamification: services and libraries

I have been interested to see more notes in my tweetstream about peoples’ exercise or diet regimes. They are typically generated by network services as a by-product of some activity, running or cycling, for example, and are part of a motivating framework. The Withings bathroom scale is connected to

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